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World Open Wins for Trump and Bingham

Stuart Bingham, Judd Trump and Kyren Wilson all qualified for the World Open after emerging from their preliminary encounter in Preston on Wednesday.

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Trump had no worries against the European under-21 finalist – photo courtesy of Monique Limbos.

But Martin Gould is out after the German Masters champion was defeated 5-4 by fellow Englishman Hammad Miah.

Trump and Wilson comfortably saw off their amateur opposition Brandon Seargant and Andy Hicks respectively, each recording 5-1 scorelines, while 2015 world champion Bingham required a little extra patience in dispatching of Eden Sharav 5-3.

It was a good day for the Chinese contingent on the circuit as four out of the five competing on the second day of qualifying action for Yushan at the Guild Hall advanced to their homeland.

Zhangs Anda and Yong easily outplayed veterans Dominic Dale and Joe Swail while Yu Delu and Zhou Yuelong also prevailed in the tighter affairs.

Tian Pengfei wasn’t as fortunate, though, being whitewashed by a Daniel Wells who has failed to concede a frame in his two encounters so far this campaign.

David Gilbert, Ryan Day, Peter Ebdon and Ali Carter booked their flights to Asia – the latter following a late 5-4 triumph over Liam Highfield.

Meanwhile, wildcard pro James Wattana earned a second successive victory this week with an impressive 5-2 victory against Robert Milkins.

England’s lowly ranked Allan Taylor also added to his defeat of Jamie Cope in the Indian Open qualifiers by knocking out Crucible hero Sam Baird 5-3.

It means the cueist known as the “Albino Assassin” has already earned ¬£6,000 this season – almost¬†double what he collected for the entire 2015/16 campaign.

Robbie Williams, Mike Dunn, Rod Lawler and Malaysia’s Thor Chuan Leong were also in the winner’s enclosure.

The previous day saw the likes of Neil Robertson, Ricky Walden, Michael White and Stephen Maguire advance.

Australia’s Robertson, famously known for his inability to make appointments on time, arrive late for his clash with Sydney Wilson and was duly docked a frame, but fought back from 3-0 down to eventually squeak through in a decider.

By contrast, Scotland’s Maguire secured a second successive whitewash win as he attempts to enforce an immediate return to the top 16 in the world rankings.

The qualifiers for the World Open conclude on Thursday with Irish trio Ken Doherty, Fergal O’Brien and new professional Josh Boileau in action.

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